Old roses: Rosa Rambling Rector. (1910, unknown breeder(s))Posted by Fiona Nevile in Flowers | 8 comments
“We ought to have our summer party in June.” Danny declares each year. But we never do. The cottage is small, so big parties take place in the garden. It can be chilly in June and a garden party could be a disaster. So R. Rambling Rector is generally just enjoyed by us and the Min Pins.
Our Rambling Rector rose was picked by Roger Sagger (R&R Sagger’s of Newport, Essex) as the perfect rambling rose to cover a large 10′ tree stump. It has hundreds of sprays of small, creamy-white, fragrant flowers with yellow stamens. I had wanted the lovely Kiftsgate rose and I am so pleased that I took Roger’s advice as the rose is perfect for the spot. We love the semi-double flowers. And so do the honey bees.
In the second year R. Rambling Rector began to make its presence felt. The rose is thought to be a cross between Rosa Multiflora and Rosa Moschata. Peter Beales describes the rose as Moschata, “Shakespeare’s Musk”. If you have the space this is a wonderful, heartening rose to grow. Beware, once established you would find it hard to take a holiday in June. The flowering month must vary in different parts of the U.K. as the Peter Beales website says that the rose flowers in July.
The maximum spread of Rambling Rector is 20′ x 20′. It’s a tough rose. Our specimen’s roots are in a dry shady spot but this has not held the rose back. It has been in the garden for about 14 years and has never been fed.
It flowers on new wood so needs to be cut back straight after it has finished flowering. If you are planning to let this rose ramble through a tree keep a beady eye on it. Don’t let it create a dense canopy. This happened to a willow tree that we once had. The people who lived here before planted the vigorous clematis Montana that climbed onto the top most branches. It snowed very hard for a couple of hours one winter and the weight of the snow on the canopy brought the tree down.
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